Economic Opportunities and Career Training at Hot Bread Kitchen

by Sophia Cheung
Part of the NYC Community Organization Spotlight series

Name: Hot Bread Kitchen 

What they do: According to the Hot Bread Kitchen official website, Hot Bread Kitchen creates economic opportunity for immigrant women and women of color through job skills training, entrepreneurship programs, and an ecosystem of support in New York City.” 

How they do it: Through their career programs, they partner with members to provide opportunities that lead to financial security and fulfilling careers. This allows women to build the skills and confidence to prepare for their careers in the food industry. In addition, their small business program supports aspiring entrepreneurs and current business owners to run and grow their enterprises within NYC’s thriving food industry.  

Latest project/campaign: HBK is currently launching their board-approved new strategic vision. Their focus is on a human-centered, holistic approach that will provide comprehensive and customized support to address the needs of hardworking women in the food industry, also known as the “Breadwinners” community, and their intersectional barriers to achieving economic opportunities. 

Major Funding: According to their website, funding is provided by corporate and foundation partners, grants, event sponsorships, cause marketing, employee volunteering, and in-kind donations. 

Profit/nonprofit: Non-profit 

Annual Budget: 

Total Revenue: 5,040,808

Total Expenses: 3,702,042 

Interesting fact about how it is working to positively affect the food system: HBK will create more “breadwinners” by increasing access to economic opportunity, meeting members where they are, and transforming their kitchen, creating an ecosystem. 


Chelsea Market 
75 9th Ave, Suite 0610 
New York, NY 10011 

Core Programs: 

  1. Facility Management Program: “Our Facility Management program supports women ready to grow beyond entry-level culinary positions and apply their professional skills to the care and operations of physical spaces—in or outside of the food industry.”
  2. Food Career Program: “Our culinary training provides specialized food industry skills, and places program graduates in high-quality jobs within Hot Bread Kitchen’s large network of employer partners.”

Number of staff: 50 employees 

Areas served: NYC 

Year Started: 2008

Director: Leslie Abbey, CEO 

Contact Information: (929) 292-9226, 

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